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Kochavi takes a serious view of Yossi Dagan's words against the IDF spokesman because "Ran Kochav turned the IDF spokesman into an extreme leftist party" • The storm began with Tzachi Dabush's publication that soldiers in the unit tweeted their personal and political opinions - for which they were judged

In the background of the words of the head of the Samaria Council, Yossi Dagan, that the IDF spokesman has become the mouthpiece of the extreme left - today (Monday) the Chief of Staff, Lt. Col. Aviv Kochavi, responded to the words and said that "any attempt to link the IDF spokesman to political activity , is part of an ugly campaign that must stop immediately and has no place."

Kochavi further added that "the IDF is an army of the people of the state, working for the security of the state and the citizens of Israel, without any political agenda, and so is the IDF Spokesperson's Formation. In the IDF's Spokesperson Formation, soldiers and officers from all corners of Israeli society serve without Difference of sex, religion or origin.

The IDF's speech is driven by operational and professional considerations only, and it is carried out in a state manner for all target audiences. We condemn the attempt to give the unit or its leader a political tone and deny it altogether."

Chief of Staff Kochavi. "The IDF operates without any political agenda", photo: Yossi Zeliger


"The IDF spokesman should be shut down", photo: Oren Ben Hakon

"You have to leave the territories"

As mentioned, earlier today, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, harshly attacked the IDF spokesperson after dozens of political tweets by soldiers in the unit supporting the extreme left were revealed and said that "the IDF spokesperson should be closed and reopened."

The storm began when the media consultant, Tzachi Dabush, revealed on his Twitter account that soldiers in regular service in the IDF spokesperson posted political statements on their Twitter account. Among other things, Nevo Dan, a soldier in the DoC, posted a post in which the head of the Samaria Council appears defending children with the help of their weapons during a shooting attack, and wrote there: "This photo proves that we need to leave the territories."

A fighter in Givat was sent to prison for 10 days after he said "Ben Gabir will take care of you".

The Chief of Staff issued a special letter and the army made noise.

Soldiers in the IDF spokesperson express themselves with much harsher political statements, contrary to orders - and the IDF is silent.

One judgment for the Givat fighter, a lenient judgment for the IDF Dover soldiers.

Where is the Chief of Staff?

— Tsahi Daboush (@TsahiDaboush) December 19, 2022

Dagan also harshly attacked the head of the unit, the IDF spokesman, Brigadier General Ran Kochav - saying that "Ran Kochav turned the IDF spokesman into an extreme leftist party.

The situation in which soldiers in the IDF spokesperson feel free to write in prose opinions that suit the extreme left - proves that this is the spirit of the IDF spokesperson.

Ran Kochav has turned the IDF spokesman into a branch of the MRC.

"The fact that soldiers and commanders are not afraid of any sanction for a flagrant violation of the IDF law which states that a soldier must not express political opinions in public proves that this is the spirit of the commander.

When a soldier dared to mention Ben Gabir, he received a bandage and a letter against him from the Chief of Staff, and when it comes to the political views of the extreme left, this is met with silence."

IDF spokesman, Brigadier General Ran Kochav, photo: Koko

In response to Dagan's claims against Brigadier General Kochav, the Chief of Staff said that "Major General Ran Kochav (Rancho) is a dedicated and privileged fighter, officer and commander who has served in the IDF for over thirty years and who chose to serve as the national IDF spokesman representing the soldiers and commanders All of the IDF, for Israel's security.

"Any harm to an IDF officer in general and by elected officials in particular - is serious, wrong and gnawing at the power of the IDF.

In order to ensure that the IDF remains a state army, it must remain above all political opinion and controversy."

In response to the publication of the prosecution of the soldiers following the publications on Twitter, Dagan said that "it is too slow and too late and only happens after the publications of the reporters Amit Segal and Tzachi Davush. This does not answer the obvious bias that is happening there. It is not for nothing that the IDF spokesman launched a hysterical campaign in the media against The statement that the IDF and the settlement are one and the same - at the Jerusalem Day party at the Hesder Yeshiva Alon Mora, which is a "military body" as you remember. The unit infects the settlement with riots by extremists on the fringes, and on the other hand, the words of extreme left activists do not receive the same treatment.

In the posts that were exposed, other soldiers, including commanders, wrote in the IDF spokesman: "There is a demonstration in Azrieli against the army and I cannot participate because I am in uniform."

And also: "Leftists' feed, what is your favorite nickname for Bibi? Zibi or Bikhsi?"

And also: "The soldiers of the IDF are the messengers of the sovereign in the occupied territory" - and more.

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Source: israelhayom

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